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World Bank: mixed marks on Palestinian corruption

World Bank: mixed marks on Palestinian corruption

The World Bank is giving the Palestinian government mixed grades on official corruption: It says the Palestinians are doing well in managing public finances and reducing nepotism, but have failed to prosecute senior officials suspected of dipping into the public coffers.
A good governance certificate is vital for West Bank-based Prime Minister Salam Fayyad since he relies on hundreds of millions of dollars in donor money every year.
The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 as part of interim peace agreements with Israel. The authority's early years, under then-leader Yasser Arafat, were heavily tainted by corruption suspicions.
The World Bank says "major reforms have been put in place" under Fayyad. But it says there is still more work to be done.


Updated : 2020-12-03 10:23 GMT+08:00